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Charlie Taylor's Fishing Report - April 7, 2017

Fishing is getting better in Lake Gaston as water temperatures range from 60-65 in the coves and the mid 50s in the main lake. Bass may be taken on Shad
Raps, spinnerbaits, plastic worms and Gitzits in pumpkinseed and electric grape colors. Devil's Horse topwaters are also producing some good fish. Head for the back ends of the creeks, where the water is very shallow and fish amid the stumps.

Crappie fishing is excellent around boat docks on small minnows and jigs. Live shad and bucktails are accounting for good striper catches.

Below the Roanoke Rapids Dam in Weldon, N.C., striper anglers are cleaning house. Catches of 20-25 in a day are not unusual.

With the warmer temperatures this week, the water temperatures have increased. All species of resident and anadromous fish are still actively getting ready to spawn. All anglers must remember that the season for striped bass is closed, and a moritorium is in effect for American shad, hickory shad (Potomac Only) and river herring (Alewife and Blueback Herring) in all tidal waters. Any of these species caught, must be returned to the water.

Mr. Taylor
Charlie Taylor writes about fishing in Virginia for several publications. He can be reached at

His full Virginia fishing report can be found here. And his report for Kerr Lake can be found here. An archive of Lake Gaston Fishing Reports is here.

Charlie also moderates a popular online forum for area fishermen (and fisherwomen). It can be found here.

This page is updated weekly, usually on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.

Date Updated: 
Friday, April 7, 2017